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Hailed as the "Paganini of the Steelpan," Liam Teague currently serves as Co-Director of the NIU Steelband and Assistant Professor of Music at Northern Illinois University, the same institution where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. He has distinguished himself as the recipient of many awards in his homeland Trinidad and Tobago, including championships for his ability on the steelpan, violin and recorder. In addition to being the Co-winner of the National Steelband Festival Solo Championship of Trinidad and Tobago, Teague won the Saint Louis Symphony Volunteers Association Young Artists Competition in 1998. Under the baton of Dr. Paul Freeman Teague with the Chicago Sinfonietta gave the world premiere of Illinois composer Jan Bach's "Concerto for Steelpan and Orchestra" in 1995 at Orchestra Hall, Chicago. Many subsequent appearances with Chicago Sinfonietta have followed and among the most noteworthy was his 2001 performance at Kennedy Center. He has also performed with many ensembles including the Czech National Symphony, Panama National Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Sinfonia Da Camera, Rockford Symphony, Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, North Shore Concert Band, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Marching Band...(click on details for full Bio)
Difficulty: Very Hard (great for college steel bands)
This composition uses both Sonata Form and the Calypso groove. The first theme is based on the chord progression of a very old calypso called "San Humanite" (without mercy).......
"Cell O Vibes" is my first composition for the Cello Steelpan. This instrument is not normally considered a solo instrument in the Steel Band family.....
Difficulty: Hard (great for advanced high school and college steel players)
Highlights the virtuosity of the instrument and player. Great showpiece as well.
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school and college steel bands)
This is a very beautiful composition that lends itself to the lyrical and rhythmic versatility of the Steelband.
Difficulty: Medium/Hard (great for advanced high school and college steel bands)
Another of my calypso arrangements that gives the various voices their moments to shine.
Difficulty: Medium (great for high school and college steel players)
Dedicated to my fiancée, Lorena Nunez. A very short but beautiful piece that highlights the steelpan’s lyricism.
Difficulty: Hard (great for college steel bands)
Wonderful showpiece for lead steelpan. Solo pan part can also be substituted with a different instrument e.g. violin,trumpet.
This arrangement was done originally for the TCL Group Skiffle Bunch Steelband and played at the 2005 edition of the World Steelband Festival held in Madison Square Garden....
Difficulty: Hard-for leads & double tenors (great for advanced high school and college steel bands)
Overture to the “Silken Ladder.” This adaptation offers technical challenges mainly in the lead and double tenor voices. A definite crowd pleaser.
Difficulty: Hard (great for advanced high school and college players)
A show piece for the lead steelpan.
“Spickle” is the way my fiancée, Lorena originally said the word “Tickle”. It is a very fun piece and I felt that it was an appropriate title.
Difficulty: Medium/Hard (great for high school and college steel players)
A colloquial term used in Trinidad & Tobago meaning “Just trying something”. This piece is my homage to the great steelpan masters of the...
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